Xi Jinping (C, front), general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese president, meets with a friendship visiting group of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea led by Pak Thae Song, member of the Political Bureau and vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee, in Beijing, capital of China, May 16, 2018. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)
He proposes close exchanges with neighbor
China supports the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in developing its economy and improving the people's livelihood, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.
Xi made the remark while meeting with a high-level delegation led by Pak Thae-song, a member of the Political Bureau and vice-chairman of its Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The delegation consisted of senior officials from all provinces and cities of the DPRK.
China supports DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un to lead the DPRK's party and people to a development path that suits the country's situation, Xi said, adding that Beijing would like to deepen exchanges of governance experience with Pyongyang and push the two countries' building of socialism to obtain more progress.
Xi also said that China supports improvement of north-south relations on the Korean Peninsula, promotion of dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington and achievement of denuclearization of the peninsula.
During the meeting, Pak extended Kim's greetings to Xi, and Xi also asked Pak to extend his greetings to Kim.
Xi recalled Kim's two recent visits to China — one in March and the other last week — saying that he and the DPRK's top leader have had communications on major issues that concern both sides, and such communications have set the direction of China-DPRK relations in the new era.
The DPRK delegation's visit is a concrete way to implement the consensus reached by the two leaders, and it is also an important exchange between the Communist Party of China and the Workers' Party of Korea, Xi said.
The president said he believed that the two sides will take the opportunity of the delegation's visit to deepen exchanges and push the progress of China-DPRK friendly relations.
Xi said that socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, and the DPRK's development of socialism also has entered a new historical period.
Calling the members of the DPRK delegation a strong force to push the development of DPRK socialism, Xi wished them well in making new progress in the country's economic and social development.
Pak said that the historical meetings between the top leaders of the two parties have pushed China-DPRK relations to enter a new stage.
The delegation is aimed at implementing the important consensus of the two parties' top leaders and learn from China's experience of building its economy, reform and opening-up, Pak said.
Wang Huning, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, also attended the meeting.